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Emotion regulation group skills training: a pilot study of an add-on treatment for eating disorders in a clinical setting
Linköping University, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Psykiatricentrum, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Linköping.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1312-5553
Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Linköping.
Region Östergötland, Psykiatricentrum, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Linköping.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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2020 (English)In: Journal of Eating Disorders, E-ISSN 2050-2974, Vol. 8, no 1, article id 12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background Emotion regulation difficulties appear to play a role in the development and maintenance of several eating disorders. This pilot study aimed at examining whether a short add-on group skills training in emotion regulation for young adults with different eating disorders was feasible in a psychiatric clinical setting. We also investigated if the treatment increased knowledge of emotions, and decreased self-reported difficulties with emotion regulation, alexithymia, symptoms of eating disorder, anxiety and depression, as well as clinical impairment. Methods Six skills training groups were piloted with a total of 29 participants (M = 21.41 years, SD = 1.92). The treatment consisted of five sessions dealing with psychoeducation about emotions and emotion regulation skills training. Paired samples t-test was used to compare differences between before-and-after measures. Results The primary outcomes measures difficulties in emotion regulation (p < 0.001) and alexithymia (p < 0.001) showed significant improvement after treatment. The total eating disorder score (p = 0.009) was also significantly reduced, as was clinical impairment (p < 0.001). Acceptance/valued direction, identifying primary emotions and learning about secondary emotions was rated as especially helpful. Conclusions This preliminary pilot study showed that group training targeting emotion regulation skills was feasible and appreciated by participants, as well as being potentially promising as an adjunctive treatment for different eating disorders. Further controlled studies are needed.

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BMC , 2020. Vol. 8, no 1, article id 12
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Emotion-regulation; Skills; Eating disorders; Treatment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-165167DOI: 10.1186/s40337-020-00289-1ISI: 000523504800001PubMedID: 32266070OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-165167DiVA, id: diva2:1424574
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